COURTESY PHOTO / LASZLO
Depth of field
BY STEVE HEISLER CORRESPONDENT
. . . s in the arts community are not shy about the impact of his photographs.
They include Sarasota photographer Carl Leimbach, who said he worked with Laszlo two years ago on a shoot for a firm called Environmental Biotech. His portrait of owner Bill Hadley in front of his yacht became the cover of an issue of Franchising World magazine, capturing the executive in his environment.
"You shoot with a very wide angle lens and show not just the person but what they're about and where they're coming from," said Leimbach. "He works very quickly, which is kind of a trademark of journalistic photography."
Sue Wall, a part-time Longboat Key resident, is a representational-realist painter whose works include botanicals.
"I was very impressed both with what I was looking at, both with his creative abilities and his vision," said Wall, who shows at Ziegenfuss Galleries. "His lighting, his sense of cropping and realism as abstraction interplay in his pieces. When I looked at the portraits of flowers, many of them just became abstract works even though I knew they were based in reality."
Marguerite Jill Dye was similarly impressed. Dye, a Sarasota watercolor artist who also teaches Asian brush painting in the schools, frequently paints flowers.
She said Laszlo's work gives her a new perspective on the subject she loves.
"We can get not a bird's-eye view, but more like an insect's eye view of flowers and frogs," said Dye, who added that she hopes to teach at Selby in concert with Laszlo. "I paint flowers all the time and he sees things I haven't even seen. I was just hypnotized by his work; I was enthralled by it."
To attain that close-up perspective, Laszlo said he employs a variety of cameras including an electronic RZ67 70-by-60 mm format unit and an RB 67, which will soon be complemented by a reversing ring for tight, macro shots.
He used a different lens when he shot a recent production at The Players Theatre of Sarasota. From 300 feet away from the stage during "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well," he shot distinct portraits of actors whose facial expressions leap off the prints he keeps in an album.
They impressed theater executive director Burton Wolfe, who received them as a birthday gift. On his own birthday, Laszlo said he enjoys giving something away.
"He's a very sensitive, very lovely man," Wolfe said. "His photography, to me, some of the techniques, to me, become like painting.
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